Activities & Excursions
Smith JYA in Florence proposes to interested students a wide range of activities during the academic year abroad, including guided trips to a variety of culturally and historically significant locations that students might not otherwise reach.
Excursions include a trip up winding mountain roads to the tiny walled town of Urbino, one of the central locations of the Renaissance; a visit to Ravenna to discover the town that was once the Western seat of the Roman Empire, gaze at intricate Byzantine mosaics, and pay homage to Dante's tomb; and a day picnicking and wandering through the Val D'Orcia region, forever embodied in paintings of rolling hills and cypress trees. Other excursions may include Ferrara, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast.
Spring Trip to Sicily
In the spring, after classes and exams are finished, the group takes a culminating trip to the southern island of Sicily. Circumnavigating the island, students experience for themselves the rich cultural diversity that has formed the historical island. Marvel at the Grecian archeological sites still standing today in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the baroque architecture of Catania and the original seat of the Sicilian Empire in what is now the thriving modern city of Palermo. And of course, there is ample time for relaxation in the sun the island is named for, as well as to experience the unique Sicilian cuisine.